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Molecular Cell Biology (Lodish, Molecular Cell Biology) 6th Edition

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'The value of this incredibly extensive reference book lies in the attention it gives to explaining methods and techniques as fullly as is possible in a text that addresses so many aspects of this fast-expanding field.' - Dr. Chris Clegg, Journal of Biological Education 'Molecular Cell Biology literally does what it says on the tin: it provides a fantastic overview of much of the material studied in any molecular biology-based degree, and is thoroughly recommended.' - Emma Prior, Times Higher Educational Supplement --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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Harvey Lodish is Professor of Biology and Professor of Bioengineering at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. Dr. Lodish is also a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and was President (2004) of the American Society for Cell Biology. He is well known for his work on cell membrane physiology, particularly the biosynthesis of many cell-surface proteins, and on the cloning and functional analysis of several cell-surface receptor proteins, such as the erythropoietin and TGF-ß receptors. His lab also studies hematopoietic stem cells and has identified novel proteins that support their proliferation. Dr. Lodish teaches undergraduate and graduate courses in cell biology and biotechnology.
 
Arnold Berk is Professor of Microbiology, Immunology and Molecular Genetics and a member of the Molecular Biology Institute at the University of California, Los Angeles. Dr. Berk is also a fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences. He is one of the original discoverers of RNA splicing and of mechanisms for gene control in viruses. His laboratory studies the molecular interactions that regulate transcription nitiation in mammalian cells, focusing particular attention on transcription factors encoded by oncogenes and tumor suppressors. He teaches introductory courses in molecular biology and virology and an advanced course in cell biology of the nucleus.
 
Chris A. Kaiser is Professor and Head of the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. His laboratory uses genetic and cell biological methods to understand the basic processes of how newly synthesized membrane and secretory proteins are folded and stored in the compartments of the secretory pathway. Dr. Kaiser is recognized as a top undergraduate educator at MIT, where he has taught genetics to undergraduates for many years.
 
Monty Krieger is the Whitehead Professor in the Department of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology. For his innovative teaching of undergraduate biology and human physiology as well as graduate cell biology courses, he has received numerous awards. His laboratory has made contributions to our understanding of membrane trafficking through the Golgi apparatus and has cloned and characterized receptor proteins important for the movement of cholesterol into and out of cells, including the HDL receptor.
 
Matthew P. Scott is Professor of Developmental Biology, Genetics and Bioengineering at Stanford University School of Medicine and Investigator at the Howard Hughes Medical Institute. He is a member of the National Academy of Sciences and the American Academy of Arts and Sciences and a past president of the Society for Developmental Biology. He is known for his work in developmental biology and genetics, particularly in areas of cell-cell signaling and homeobox genes and for discovering the roles of developmental regulators in cancer. Dr. Scott teaches cell and developmental biology to undergraduate students, development and disease mechanisms to medical students and developmental biology to graduate students at Stanford University.
 
Anthony Bretscher is Professor of Cell Biology at Cornell University. His laboratory is well known for identifying and characterizing new components of the actin cytoskeleton, and elucidating their biological functions in relation to cell polarity and membrane traffic. For this work, his laboratory exploits biochemical, genetic and cell biological approaches in two model systems, vertebrate epithelial cells and the budding yeast. Dr. Bretscher teaches cell biology to graduate students at Cornell University.
 
Hidde Ploegh is Professor of Biology at the Massachusetts Institute of Technology and a member of the Whitehead Institute for Biomedical Research. One of the world’s leading researchers in immune system behavior, Dr. Ploegh studies the various tactics that viruses employ to evade our immune responses, and the ways in which our immune system distinguishes friend from foe. Dr. Ploegh teaches immunology to undergraduate students at Harvard University and MIT.
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Product Details

  • Series: Lodish, Molecular Cell Biology
  • Hardcover: 973 pages
  • Publisher: W. H. Freeman; 6th edition (June 15, 2007)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0716776014
  • ISBN-13: 978-0716776017
  • Product Dimensions: 8.7 x 1.7 x 11.2 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 5.7 pounds
  • Average Customer Review: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (61 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #51,019 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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The authors did a good job correctly pulling together modern information. The information is accurate and drawn from literature. Unlike some textbooks I have used recently, they were no factual errors. The illustrations are good. But, this book fell short on editing. The chapters are not very well organized; information that should be together is scattered throughout a chapter. Also, the language used is unnecessarily difficult at times. Finally, the paragraph organization is poor so you have to read and re-read to get the main points.

I would have liked to see better organization and editing. Overall, it is good info but very hard to read and extract what you came for.

But I would buy it again.
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This is a great book for someone who has already had a good introduction to Cell Biology and has an understanding of the cell. But for anyone who is using this as their textbook for a course in Cell biology should be prepared to be overwhelmed by the level of detail. The biggest problem of this book is that Biology is supposed to tell a story, where concepts can be outlined and then details fill in the picture. But with this book, the general concepts are somewhere in the middle of the chapter or at the end of each section and so you have to do a lot of page-flipping. If you want to know about a certain organelle, say, you have to go through several chapters in the book in order to really get a clear picture of it. There is supplementary material on the website than anyone can sign up for, but sometimes it does not correspond to the book and animations for pathways and mechanisms are sparse. Terms that are in bold often do not have definitions in the back of the book, and the index is not complete. Sections may be missing important diagrams that could potentially help students. However, the questions at the end of each chapter are helpful so it's not a complete trainwreck.

However, if you are willing and able to put in the extra work to try and decipher it, it could be a good reference or a supplement for a less detailed textbook.
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Great price, shipped fast, great condition. Used as a reference instead of buying the latest edition and it worked out well. A little different layout than the newer edition, but most (95%) of the information is there.
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By Cait on February 28, 2009
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This book gets the job done, but it's incredibly difficult to get through. It is very detailed, which is great, but it also makes the main concepts somewhat difficult to grasp amongst the sea of specificity.
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By alin527 on December 17, 2013
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This book was really good to use for an undergraduate or graduate class. It was mainly used as a reference for me in medical biochemistry, but it goes into a lot of detail, which I liked. i would definitely purchase it just to have as a reference book and a place with information that's important for molecular cell biologists.
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This is a great book, it goes into A LOT of detail, but their explanations are usually sufficient. I used this in my advanced cell biology course at Rutgers University and very thankful they weren't as picky as the book is on details. O
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This textbook is great, both in how it was shipped and its contents. I highly suggest solving the Analyze the Data problems at the end of each chapter. They require some serious thought at first, but after answering these you'll become a pro at any open-ended questions you'll likely face on an exam!
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This textbook is packed with details, but I disagree with those that feel that this is a bad thing. I felt that this book was an excellent supplement to what I learned in class. Besides, it's molecular biology. The details are important and can't just be cut out of the book...
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